This recipe comes from Sally Fallon's book Nourishing Traditions.
The sauerkraut is meant to be served cold and uncooked to aid digestion of other foods, especially cooked foods, eaten at the same meal. My 20-month old son loves this sauerkraut and eats it by the handful.
The recipe says to pound the cabbage for about 10 minutes until the juices start to emerge. After a messy first go (and a very sore arm), I hoped to discover an easier way to make this scrumptious condiment. The next time, I let my Kitchen Aid mixer do the pounding. It turned out very nicely.
1 medium head Cabbage, chopped
1/4 cup Whey (see post, "Making" Whey)
1 Tbsp Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Caraway Seeds
Chop the cabbage according to your preference. (I chop it finely so it's easier for our young muncher.) Place the cabbage in a Kitchen Aid mixer. Attach the beater and turn on to low speed.
Place the whey, sea salt and caraway seeds in a 1-quart Mason jar. Shake vigorously until sea salt is dissolved.
When the juices from the cabbage begin to emerge, add the seasoning/fermenting mixture. Continue to beat for several minutes to combine.
Place all contents in the 1-qt Mason jar, pressing down firmly until all the cabbage is added. Be sure to leave one inch of space between the cabbage and the top of the jar. This is needed as the fermentation works because of the pressure it builds. Place the lid on the jar and tighten snugly.
Place on your counter for three days. Then move to cold storage.
You can eat your sauerkraut right away, but the longer it sits, the more flavorful it becomes. I recommend at least 4 weeks, but 6 weeks is optimal.
When you do finally open your first jar, it will bubble and fizz like a soft drink. Not to worry!
From what I've read, you will know immediately if something went wrong. The odor will not allow anyone to eat the contents. But if it simply smells fermented, enjoy!